A grilled cheese sandwich is the ultimate comfort food and a childhood favorite. And even though it may seem hard to top the simple melted American cheese version, these recipes succeed. Fancy cheeses, rustic veggies, and unexpected flavors (pizza grilled cheese, anyone?), take this beloved sandwich to the next level. Here are 14 reasons to get out your skillet and give the grilled cheese a major makeover.
What makes a grilled cheese “gourmet” is thinking outside the box. This sandwich takes pretzel bread and turns it into a sophisticated dish packed with unique flavors.
If you’re going to add a fruit to your grilled cheese, you should probably add bacon and a balsamic reduction drizzle, as well. The combination balances the flavors so the fruit doesn’t feel out of place.
When melty cheese and toasty bread are involved, even your least favorite veggies will taste delicious. The perfect vegetarian lunch option.
Don’t be afraid of the salty, sweet combo of a Monte Cristo. Once you try it, you’ll be hooked.
It’s like an appetizer dip inside a grilled cheese sandwich. An amazing trifecta of spinach, mozzarella, and feta cheese shock the taste buds in this fancy lunch.
For the grilled cheese lover who is looking to incorporate this sandwich into breakfast, here’s your chance. You will wonder how you went so long without this in your life.
Here’s a hearty, full-flavored grilled cheese for all the meat lovers out there. Keep this recipe in your arsenal for game-day hosting.
When you combine pizza ingredients in a sandwich, you wonder if it will be able to top an actual pizza. This recipe proves you can still have the pizza flavors you crave, without the hassle of the crust.
Here’s the French grilled cheese that puts the American version to shame. Look closely, and you will see layers of flavor from the cheesy spinach to the smoked salmon—all topped with a perfectly cooked egg.
Here’s a 15-minute recipe that looks like it was made in a fancy café. Melted goat cheese and fig spread are a match made in grilled cheese heaven.
Chicken fajitas work surprisingly well between two grilled slices of bread. You won’t even miss the tortilla—we promise.
You probably came here for lunch ideas, but now you are looking at this. (It still counts as lunch if it’s in a sandwich, right?)
A grilled cheese full of earthy flavors is just what you need on a rainy day. Make it even better with a warm bowl of soup.
Take your charcuterie board and turn it into a sandwich. The sweet cranberry takes the edge off the saltiness of the prosciutto, and the melted brie ties it all together.